My New Jersey heart cries out for good pizza and I’m skeptical of everyone’s raves about a “great” new pizza place. But the buzz about Pieous hasn’t let up since they opened in the beginning of the year, so Mr. Betty and I trekked out to Dripping Springs with some friends to see what all the fuss was about.
It’s really a pleasant little drive and not a big deal if you aren’t trying to battle rush hour traffic at The Y. We went late-ish on a Saturday night and made it to Pieous in 17 minutes. Quick!
While I’m not a pastrami aficionado, that was the main thing all the foodies were talking about. So we ordered the pastrami appetizer that came with pickles, onions, mustards, and bread. Okay, I get it. I totally get it why people love pastrami. Damn, this was good.
The pizzas are personal sized with four slices so it was perfect for our group of four to try four different pies and share. You order at the counter, grab a seat in the noisy room, and your food comes out very quickly. I didn’t time it, but they say the pizzas cook in 90 seconds in an extremely hot oven. I can tell you that they DID come out lightning fast and they were a bit burned. I don’t mind a little char, but it was the dominant flavor in a couple of the pies.
Here’s what we got. The Margherita. The classic by which all pizzas should be judged. The perfect amount of cheese topped a fresh made tomato sauce and basil.
The Fat Queen is a meat-lover’s dream with soppressata, sausage, and loads of pepperoni.
The White Pizza was the one that held up the worst in the ultra hot oven. Maybe sauce helps keeps things from burning up in there? Or maybe it’s just luck of the draw?
The Smoky Italian was my favorite. The house-smoked sausage had a great flavor and a spicy kick.
The place was packed the entire time we were there. The line at the register moved quickly although there are a couple flaws in the system. There’s no way to keep a running tab, causing guests to have to pay and tip multiple times if they are having courses or rounds of drinks. And there are no menus other than the one written on the wall behind the register. So unless you are already familiar with the offerings, you are going to hold up the line while you peruse.
The service is welcoming and extremely friendly. You can feel the hard work that goes into this family business and I’m thrilled to see them doing so well. The quality of the food has earned a loyal following and I shall definitely be back.